Bollywood actor Disha Patani, who was recently seen alongside rumoured boyfriend Tiger Shroff in Baaghi 2, has bagged one of the biggest projects of her career – she has signed Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat where she will be working with Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.
A press statement from the production house claimed Disha will be essay the role of a trapeze artist in a circus set in the 1960s. With the circus segment, director Ali Abbas Zafar plans to pay an ode to Raj Kapoor. The showman’s Mera Naam Joker focussed on the life of circus artists.
“Raj Kapoor is a legend and Mera Naam Joker is one of his most memorable films. Since his younger days, Ali has been a huge fan of him and with Bharat, he wishes to pay an ode to the veteran actor and his fondest memory of Raj Kapoor,” a source close to the film’s unit told Hindustan Times.
Welcoming Disha Patani to the cast, director Ali said in a press statement, “The pairing of Salman and Disha in a circus set-up in the ’60s is unusual and exciting. She is a promising star and for this character, we needed a girl who looked vulnerable and beautiful yet had the physicality of an athlete. Disha fits the bill perfectly.”
Disha added, “I’m excited to be a part of Bharat, it’s like a dream come true to get an opportunity to work with Salman sir and I can’t wait for the journey to begin. I am a big fan of Ali Abbas sir’s work”.
She also took to her social media to make the announcement, “Looking forward to step into the shoes of a #TrapezeArtiste .. Thank you for this challenge @BeingSalmanKhan @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife @priyankachopra #Bharat it is!!”
Looking forward to step into the shoes of a #TrapezeArtiste ..Thank you for this challenge @BeingSalmanKhan @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife @priyankachopra #Bharat it is!! pic.twitter.com/rW4TuIpvDe
— Disha Patani (@DishPatani) May 17, 2018
Bharat is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film, Ode to My Father, which depicted modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present day through the life of an ordinary man and events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War, the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the ’60s and the Vietnam War.
Bharat’s release also brings back Salman and director Ali together for an Eid release after the 2016 hit Sultan. The hit director-actor duo will be marking a hat-trick with Bharat after their last outing, Tiger Zinda Hai.
Bharat also stars Sunil Grover along with Salman, Priyanka and Disha. Produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, the film is slated to release on Eid, 2019.